Louis van Gaal said that he could jump before he is pushed after his position as Manchester United manager became even more precarious following a fourth successive defeat.
The under-fire Dutchman, 64, looked like a condemned man throughout United’s sorry 2-0 loss to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium yesterday and then in the inquest that took place afterwards.
When grilled about the firestorm of speculation surrounding his likely sacking and the possible appointment of Jose Mourinho, Van Gaal intimated that he may be about to walk away from a job that has undergone a dramatic downturn in fortunes in the past month.
While refusing to confirm or deny whether he has received assurances from the United board, he did state: “I have said already in former press conferences that it is not always that the club has to fire or sack me. Sometimes I do it by myself.
“I am the one who wants to speak first with the board of Manchester United, with my members of staff, with my players and not always you (the media).”